Domaine Levet Amethyste 2017


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100% Syrah from Côte Blonde, Côte Brune, Mollard, Baleyat, Chavaroche, 30-50% destemmed, 3 week vinification in 50 hl concrete vats, cap is immersed, twice daily pumping overs, held at 29°C, aged 30% new, 70% used 600-litre oak casks, 30 hl barrels (50% cask, 50% large barrel) 24 months, egg white fined, unfiltered, first called Améthyste in 2006, 6-7,000 bottles.

Dark red. Ripe blackberry, prune and raspberry liqueur airs mingle with cloves, musky perfume airs - it’s a sultry opening. The palate presents rolling gras, silky texture, pretty fat, with a spur of insistence, clamped tannin.  “2017 is rich, aromatic”, Bernard Levet. Decant it. 13°. From 2023. Bottled early Oct 2019.

Winefront: Generational producer with top notch plots on the slopes of Cote-Rotie and all farmed organically. The daughter in charge here now, and pushing some of the boundaries while adhering to tradition. A combination of vineyards here. Importer: Whole Bunch
Aromatic, soft, brooding but lighter weight red of dark berry and plum fruits, savoury spice, a little anise and cola character. Such even, supple flow, flavoursome to a point but also fresh and even with the sense of ripeness, showing dried fruit and spice going on and on. Tannins are woven perfectly into the body of the wine but a guiding force here, dense and building through the nicely chewy-dry finish. Pedigree stuff, and feels unadorned and excellent. Mike Bennie, Rated : 94 Points
Tasted : Feb-21, Alcohol : 13.00%, Price : $156.80, Closure : Diam
Drink : 2021 - 2035+